Holy Pilgrimage to Turkey


Lake Basin Tours & Travel has partnered with Turkish Airlines to bring you this once in a lifetime chance to visit the holy sites in Turkey. While many Christians do not think of Turkey as a biblical land, during much of the first century it was the center for the young church. Two-thirds of the 27 books in the New Testament were either written in Asia Minor (the term for the Asian portion of Turkey) or were addressed to communities there.

The apostles John, Paul, and Peter lived, preached, and prayed here. The Seven Churches of Revelation—Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea—are located on Turkey’s Aegean coast. According to tradition, the apostle John brought the Virgin Mary to Ephesus in Turkey after the crucifixion, where she lived her last days in a small stone house on Mount Koressos. The long list of holy sites in Turkey includes the incomparable Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the Basilica of St. John near Ephesus, and Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey.

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Day 1
Entebbe – Istanbul
  • Fly from Entebbe to Istanbul arriving at Atatutk airport.
  • Transfer from Istanbul to Izmir
  • Overnight in Selcuk or Kusadasi
Day 2
Selcuk & Kusadasi

A day to take in the sights and sounds of Turkey.

Day 3
House of the Virgin Mary – Ephesus

Your guide will pick you up from hotel reception  around 08:30-09:00 and drive you to Ephesus for prayers with the Bishop in the house of Virgin Mary.

  • Overnight in Selcuk or Kusadasi (Hostel )
Day 4
Full day Tour of Ephesus, St. John Basilica and Museum

The tour will start with a drive to Selcuk to visit Ephesus ruins which was one of the greatest cities in the ancient world. Ephesus has special significance for Christians. From Ephesus Paul preached, Timothy taught, while later, John warned the church at Ephesus “…you have abandoned the love (you had) at first.” (Revelation 2:4).  The tour includes a visit to St. John’s Basilica built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. It is believed that the grave of the Apostle John was located under the central dome in the basilica. The tour will end with a visit to Ephesus Museum which has lots of artifacts from the ancient city including the statues of Artemis. Drive to your hotel in Selcuk or Kusadasi.

  • Overnight in Selcuk or Kusadasi
Day 5
Full Day tour of Smyrna &  Pergamon

The tour will begin with a pick-up from your hotel after your breakfast at around 08:30am. We will start the day with a visit to Smyrna Ancient City which has Hittite remains from about 4000 years ago. Ancient Smyrna is one of the oldest inhabited communities in the world. Polycarp, a bishop from this ancient city from 115-156 AD, was martyred because of his faith to Christianity.John told the Christians in Smyrna not to be afraid to suffer but “…be faithful till death” (Revelation 2:10-11) and he did exactly what John requested.  We then drive to Pergamum and Asclepion Health Centre ruins. Located on top of a hill,Pergamum has served to Christianity a lot and we will see the ruins with the imagination of the past. Walking down from the ancient city, we will visit the Asclepion, which was used as a health centre in old times.

  • Overnight in Selcuk or Kusadasi
Day 6
Tour of Sardis, Hierapolis and Laodecia

We will start the day quite early around 08:30 am and our first stop will be Sardis, an ancient political and cultural center in Anatolia which was the capital of the Lydian Kingdom. The ruins at Sardis are quite impressive such as public toilets, gymnasium and the synagogue and Artemis Temple. Ruins of a small building at the south corner of the synagogue from 4th century AD are believed to be an early Christian church, subject of John’s text on the church at Sardis in Revelation.

We will then visit Hierapolis and Laodicea Ancient Cities. Hierapolis Ancient has thermal springs and travertine terraces which is going to be unique experience to see a World Heritage Site. The ancient city contains the biggest necropolis (cemetery) in Anatolia with about 1200 graves. What make Hierapolis Ancient City different from the others is monumental limestone and marble tombs, sarcophagi and house-type tombs and St. Philip The Evangelist Martyrium. St. Paulmentions Hierapolis along with Laodicea as the centre of Epaphras’ ministry

  • Overnight in Pamukkale
Day 7
Istanbul – Entebbe
  • Fly from Istanbul to Entebbe .

The rates for this itinerary are as follows :

  • USD 1,536 per person in triple room
  • USD 1,560 Per person in Double room
  • USD 1,668 Per person in Single room

Notes and Extras

The price includes:

  • Return ticket to Istanbul
  • 2 airport transfers
  • 6 night accommodation in with breakfast , lunch and dinners
  • Professionally-licensed English speaking guide
  • All admission fees to the sites and museums
  • Parking fees
  • Transportation with luxury buses
  • Water in the bus
  • Taxes and service charges

The package does NOT include:

  • Personal expenses
  • Beverages
  • Tips


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